Fighting Burnley hold Chelsea 1-1 draw

London, ANI | Updated : 22 February 2015, 02:33 PM

Relegation-battling Burnley held current Premier League leaders Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in a game which saw Nemanja Matic being sent off on Saturday.

Chelsea took the lead when Branislav Ivanovic slotted in Eden Hazard’s cross in the 14th minute. They might have made it 3-0 but they had two appeals rejected as an Ivanovic shot struck Michael Kightly’s arm and Diego Costa was pushed by Jason Shackell.

Meanwhile, Matic was dismissed when he reacted angrily to a challenge from Ashley Barnes and Burnley capitalised when Ben Mee headed in a late corner to score the equalizer, the BBC reported.

Midfielder Matic was furious at Barnes’ 70th-minute challenge, in which the Burnley forward won the ball but caught him high up on his shin with studs showing.

The Serbian pushed Barnes to the ground but his exit left the way open for Burnley to level and then even go close to a winner when Danny Ings shot high in the final moments.

Matic is now set to miss the Capital One Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur on 1 March, as well as league games against West Ham and Southampton, the report added.

First Published: Sunday, February 22, 2015 02:27 PM
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